Whenever you are in downtown Key West, visit or stay at the Curry
Mansion, and tell them Professor Curry sent you (directions below). The
Curry family has lived in Florida since before 1857 and was also one of
the first families to settle Key West, Florida, and to develop Key West
back when Florida’s government was nearly non-existent. You'll love
the libertarian lifestyle of the Keys. There is a tour of historic
Key West that includes the rich history of Curry Capitalists. Enjoy
the famous Key Lime Pie as it was first created in the mansion's kitchen
at the turn of the century by the Curry's cook, Aunt Sally! And try to
see Curry Key near the Everglades at the south end of Florida.
The grand manor was named for William Curry, a penniless Bahamian
immigrant who made his fortune reputedly as a salvager -those heroic fellows
who rescued shipwrecked travelers in Florida's pirate-infested waters around
the Bahamas and Key West. It was an example of private police and rescue.
After moving from the Bahamas Islands, Curry attained status as Key West's
first millionaire and began building the Mansion in 1855.
Noted Florida Historian
Dr. Rex Curry
|Key West, Florida is the Sister City to New
Plymouth, Bahamas. Key West opened a sculpture garden modeled after
the Sculpture Garden of New Plymouth. Many of the residents of Key
West can trace their roots to early settlers from New Plymouth Cay and other
Bahamas Islands. They sailed with their Bahama homes on barges in
the 1830's. William Curry, Florida's first millionaire, was a 15 year
old boy when his family made the move from Green Turtle Cay. As late
as 1912, 60% of the residents of Key West were Bahamian seafarers.
Key West and New Plymouth fly each others flags to celebrate the Sister City
Another Curry residence, the Curry House Building, is located on Shirley Street, Royal Victoria Compound, Nassau, Bahamas.
http://rexcurry.net/curry-bahamas.html Royal Victoria Gardens is just north of the main post office, west of Princess Margaret Hospital
In addition to the Curry Mansion, Key West also boasts the historic Curry House at 806 Fleming Street. The Curry House is a Bed and Breakfast. The house was built in New Plymouth, Bahamas and shipped to Key West.
Curry House Building in the Bahamas
Whenever you are in Tampa, Florida be sure to enjoy Lake Curry in
the upscale River Grove neighborhood. http://rexcurry.net/Curry-Lake.html
RexCurry.net maintains articles by the noted historian and anarcheologist
whose predecessors helped develop Key West back when Florida’s government
was nearly non-existent.
Articles on Anarcheology http://rexcurry.net/anarchaeology.html
How government destroyed Conchs in the Conch Republic
(Key West) http://rexcurry.net/ecoconch.html
How government is destroying reefs in Key West http://rexcurry.net/reefs.html
How to best serve Key West and the Everglades http://rexcurry.net/everglades.html
|Support the study of Key West Capitalism and Key West Capitalists and preserve economic freedom for the Conch Republic.|
||The architectural details
of the Curry Mansion are common to wreckers, incorporating elements of many
ports-of-call: the widow's walk of New England, the ornate trellises and
balustrades of New Orleans and the columns and colonnades of the Deep South.
Curry's son Milton completed the Mansion in 1899, furnishing it with the
18th-century antiques and Victorian pieces gracing the parlor today.
The imposing entry is paneled in bird's-eye maple, handwrought spindles and Tiffany glass sliding doors. A formal dining room is staged with Haviland china and faux replicas of the Curry family's original solid-gold Tiffany flatware. An 1853 Chickering piano, reputedly most recently of Henry James's Newport home, sits in the music room.
The Curry Mansion Inn is adjacent.